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May 12, 2008 07:35 PM

good eats near williamsbugh,va

Will be going on vacation with the wife at the end of June. I am looking for a few chow -head type places in the area. We are willing to travel, since I am coming down from New Jersey anyway.

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    1. Dudley's Farmhouse Grill (outside of town a bit but worth the drive)
      The Fat Canary
      Blue Talon Bistro

      1. I had a post about this a few months ago. We ended up at The Fat Canary which was excellent. Their beef dish and carpaccio was to die for. Then the next day we went to the Kings Arms for the peanut soup. Unique experience but nothing to write home about.

        Do go to The Fat Canary though. And report back!

        1. Definitely the Fat Canary. Also get a sandwich at the Cheese Shop which shares the same building. They are great exemples of good food coming from good ingredients done simply. Also find time for Pierce's BBQ just outside of town off of I-64 as you head into Williamsburg -- you'll see it on the right. Yellow and orange building is hard to miss. The Cheese Shop and Pierce's were a big part of my four years of college.

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          1. re: chefkmk

            Definitely go for Pierce's. It's about a 4 hour drive for me, but I've actually gone down there just for the BBQ, then turned around (with a bunch of it to go for my freezer) and driven home. The sauce by itself isn't anything special, but it makes for some very good food when it's all together.

            1. re: bharner

              Have to disagree with bharner on the sauce. It's one of my faves. It's on the sweet side, has sneaky hot spice to it, and a hint of cinnamon. I buy it by the case and use on (or in) a lot of things.

          2. Pierce's Pitt BBQ. Near I-64.

            The Trellis is in Williamsburg; I've not eaten there but a good friend has and loves the place.

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            1. re: jmckee

              I went to the Trellis a couple of years ago and loved it! Don't skip dessert.

              1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                It's been years, but I liked the Trellis too. I remember eating in the less fancy section (cafe??) and having a delicious savory cheesecake with ham, and I did get The real, authentic, delicious "Death by Chocolate" dessert.
                Now, keep in mind, that The Trellis is the real thing, and you are not going to get some piece of dried out cake listed under that name on the menu. Marcel Desaulnier should have patented that name, as it's been sullied by all the vastly inferior imitators over the years. Chocolate lovers should make a pilgrimage there.

                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                  We stayed overnight near Wmsbrg on our way to the Outer Banks a couple years back, and we walked around the historic village and William & Mary in the early morning before anything was open. Reading the menu at the Trellis was an experience in going "Yup. Yup. Oh yeah. I'd eat that."

                  I almost knocked on the door and asked if Marcel could come out and play.

                2. re: jmckee

                  It's been a few years since I've been back to the 'burg but here's my take.

                  While I have enjoyed some nice lunches on the patio, I've never had a dinner at the Trellis that lived up to my expectations. And, although I love chocolate, the Death by Chocolate was always too sweet, the white chocolate balloons were much better.

                  It is also important to distinguish from the inns in colonial Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Inn. The inns on Duke of Gloucester Street are a neat look at dinning 300 years ago, and the food is good, but not great. The Williamsburg Inn is a pathetic rehash of dinning as it was 50 years ago.

                  I'll put another vote in for the Fat Canary and the Cheese Shop. Great food in a fun atmosphere. Grab some bread ends with house dressing. Pierce's is another go to. Also, try Sno to Go, on Richmond Road, for great shaved ice.